Laura May Loper, 63, of Meadville passed away on February 28, 2023. Laurie was born in Meadville on July 12, 1959, daughter of the late Leo Alvin Smith and Leona Maude Rodgers Smith. She graduated from Maplewood High School with the class of 1977. For forty years she was a nurse’s aide, practicing thirty-four years at the Crawford County Care Center where she was honored by winning the nurse’s aide of the year award. While working there, she served as the matron of honor in two weddings held by residents. On November 20, 1982, she married Richard Ronald Loper. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and member of the Saegertown American Legion Post 205. She loved her dog, Buster and truly leaves a legacy of love. 

     She was preceded in death by two daughters, Christie Lynn and Lisa Marie; husband Richard Loper in 2015; and stepfather, Pete Teed.

     Survivors include mother, Leona “Red” Smith of Cambridge Springs; daughter, Sarah Rose Humes and her husband, David of Fairview; grandson, Micah Humes; granddaughter, Lydia Humes; companion, Allen “Sonny” Brady; brother, Terry Smith and his son, Joshua; best friend, Darlene Snyder and countless others.     

Friends may call at Van Matre Funeral Home, Cambridge Springs on Saturday, March 4, from 10 am until time of service at 11. Rev. Steven Prinz pastor of First Baptist Church in Cambridge Springs will officiate. Interment will follow at Kingsley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family.